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King George III
3rd march at 7.30
It is with much regret that due to unforeseen circumstances we have to cancel our lecture from Jeremy Black on King George III on March 3rd.
We really do apologize for this, but Paul Church from Church & Co has generously agreed to sponsor an alternative lecture at a future date. As soon as we have a speaker confirmed we will send you notice and an invitation. We look forward to our talk on Cleopatra, most womanly of women, most Queenly of Queens, March 17th at 7.30 pm.
The Arts Society Gibraltar's next lecture, Cleopatra, the Most Womanley of Women and the Most Queenley of Queens will be held on Wednesday 17th March 2021
March ILLUSTRATED TALK
Cleopatra. The Most Womanley of Women and the Most Queenly of Queens
An Illustrated Talk by Lucy Huges-Hallet
17 March 2021
Please note this illustrated talk is only available via Zoom.
Cleopatra, the woman for whose love’s sake Antony is imagined to have given up the chance to rule the Roman world, has been inspiring painters, poets and (more recently) film-makers for over two millennia. Their gorgeously voluptuous depictions of her offer insights into changing concepts of beauty, and into the racial and sexual assumptions underlying them. Showing images ranging from Roman portrait busts, through medieval illuminations, the glorious works of Renaissance masters like Michelangelo, the splendour of Tiepolo and the exoticism of Gustave Moreau to 20th century film stars (Theda Bara, Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and the Carry On team’s Amanda Barry), I will show how Cleopatra became a screen onto which artists have projected their wildly differing fantasies about exotic danger and erotic bliss.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a cultural historian and biographer. Her book on Gabriele d’Annunzio, The Pike, was described in The Sunday Times as ‘the biography of the decade’. It won all three of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for non-fiction – the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Costa Biography Award. Her other non-fiction books include Cleopatra and Heroes.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Historical Association, she has written on books, theatre and the visual arts for a number of publications, including The Sunday Times, The Observer, The New Statesman and the TLS, and for Radio 3’s Night Waves. She is Chair of the Judges for the 2021 International Booker Prize.